Alan Belcher Was Willing To Fight Hurt To Try And Move Up Middleweight Ladder

Alan Belcher has competed just three times over the past three years.

Belcher, who recently announced that he has a fractured spine, was willing to go ahead with a planned fight vs. Vitor Belfort just to remain active and in the spotlight.

Belfort, however, pulled out of the contest after being offered a shot at Jon Jones and the UFC light heavyweight title. Belcher (18-6) talked on The MMA Hour why he was willing to fight injured.

If I want to be the champ, I gotta be a little bit more active and fight more than once a year. That’s why I was being a little bit more impatient. I wanted to fight no matter what. But you know, sometimes no matter how bad you want it, it just isn’t working out for you.

Belcher has posted a strong 9-4 record since debuting with the UFC in 2006. He is currently on a four-fight win streak.

If I can get back healthy, I’m just gonna put my time in. My patience has definitely been tested the past few years. I’m still a young man; I’m still getting better every day.

Belcher has mentioned a possible bout with Chris Weidman upon his return. He pointed to November for a potential next fight.

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